Thursday, February 21, 2013

Audra's Iris Garden

This is Audra's Iris Garden my new BOM made out of the fabric line by the same name.  


Audra was my Grandmother Laird, my father's mother.  When my father died when I was 8 my mother and we 4 kids moved to Kansas City to be near my father's parents.  We lived for a year with Grandma and Grandpa Laird while our house was being built.  This quilt is full of memories of my grandparents and the year we lived with them. 


When my mother moved into her house Grandma Laird brought some of her iris and planted them on the south side of the house.  Years later when my mother moved to Cameron and we sold the house, we put it in the contract that we could go back in August and get some of the iris bulbs.  Here they are in my garden - Audra's Iris.  My sister Nancy has some at her house too.  This fall some will go to Max's house.  Each child and grandchild will get some as they establish permanent homes.


Here is my Friendship block.  First of all, I didn't piece it, thank heavens.  Wendy Karr pieced it and did an awesome job.  I did applique the Little House  in the 3" block in the center.  I am not a technogeek and can't figure out how to get things to download.  Lissa at Moda sent me a link but when I click on it it says I have to have Adobe which I already have - but it won't open the page.   If you want to put a little house in yours email me at janpatekquilts@yahoo.com and I'll send you a pdf of the block and of the house. I should warn you that we're in the middle of a blizzard and electricity keeps going out - and the internet with it.

I must say this block has given me nightmares.  Moda does such a good job of coming up with these projects for Schoolhouse and the Blog Hops.  My problem is that I don't piece - I do applique.  Piecing is so much easier to get on a recipe card or a booklet page.  So I have been wracking my brain to come up with something to do with this very complex pieced block.  My poor husband got to listen to me moan.  


Finally he said -  don't do anything with the block - do some applique.  He's always so practical.  If you'll come back tomorrow I'll show you the finished coasters I made with an Audra's Charm Bundle and a 5" Little House block.  And maybe I can give you a pdf of the instructions.  If not, I'll send it to you.  I usually don't like the word "cute" applied to my things, but aren't they "cute".  And so practical.  I need new coasters for spring.


Now for some more practicality - Goodies.  I have a Fat 1/4 bundle of Audra's Iris Garden so very nicely provided by Moda.

 

And I have a copy of the Moda book with all of the Friendship blocks and some of the mini charms.  Some of the pages are signed by designers. 
I ran around getting signatures from most of the people who were there.


Anyway, make a comment, any old comment between today and Monday and we'll ship them out to you if you win.  

And after you comment be sure to hop over and see

Joanna of Fig Tree

and 


to see what they're up to.


 Good luck.





http://janpatekquilts.goodsie.com/-1

603 comments:

  1. Hope being first is a lucky thing,! Really like the new fabric line, and would love to win either pack of goodies!

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  2. Oh, I LOVE this line. And I so appreciated watching your applique videos. SO helpful.

    Thank you!

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  3. What lovely goodies! thanks for the chance.

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  4. Love your style! What great giveaway gifts. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  5. Maybe being second won't be too unlucky. New fabric line is great.

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  6. Love your applique, it turned out beautifully! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

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  7. I love your little houses & the fabric has such possibilities!

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  8. I dream that I could appliqué as well as you.

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  9. I would love to win this fabric! It's beautiful! :) I would like a copy of the block pattern. Ill be emailing :)

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  10. Just discovered you thru the quilt along. Love your work, and your colors, fabrics. Thank you for sharing! Would love to win your fabric as these are the colors I use. Blessings and smiles, Emilou :-)

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  11. What fun goodies! Love all the fabrics :)

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  12. The little house block and the fabrics--love them! I'll email for the pdf.

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  13. Gorgeous block, love the house! This will be my first applique, thank you.

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  14. I love your little house! Your husband is a smart man! Thanks for the chance to win such wonderful goodies!

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  15. Love the fabric line! The house in the Friendship block is adorable. Thanks for the chance to win your goodies

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  16. I love the little house coasters! I'll have to get the pdf. I'm a sucker for house quilt designs anyway... Love the new BOM also!

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  17. the house is perfect in the centre of that block!

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  18. Beautiful story about your Grandmother's irises. Nice to hear the inspiration that leads to gorgeous fabric designs. Love the little house applique in the middle of your friendship block.

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  19. I love your block with the little house in the center!

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  20. Love your coasters hope you will sell a kit for them.Thanks for the chance to win! Sending email for block.

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  21. I'm so glad I'm doing this blog hop because I've never seen your applique patterns, but they are wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win the goodies too!

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  22. My Mother was the same with her dahlias. Growing up in NC, as we moved so did the dahlias. Love the inspiration and also the block! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  23. I love the little house, it is adorable! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  24. I love that quilt, beautiful pattern and beautiful fabrics.
    That would really be fun to make.

    Debbie

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  25. I love your story about taking some iris bulbs from house to house, that is very special.
    Thank you for the chance to win some beautiful fabric!
    Tami
    tamiquilts at att dot net

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  26. I love your story. My mom and I went back to my grandparents old farmhouse but the only we took were hens & chicks with a bunch of red ants. Our hens & chicks didn't multiply like your iris' did. Great idea - a set of coasters. Thanks for the chance.

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  27. Love your block and the little appliqued house in the center. Thanks for the giveaway -love the new fabric line!!!

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  28. What a great new fabric line. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  29. I love your block! Thanks for sharing.

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  30. I used to visit my sister in Lawrence and she had a beautiful yard full of iris' too! Hope you are surviving the storm, I live in Iowa and am watching the radar!

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  31. Oh, what a touching story about your grandmother's irises... and to be able to pass along something from her to others in your family... that's wonderful.
    I admire you for being able to appliqué - it takes a lot of patience!
    I hope you stay warm and cozy as you wait out the storm!!

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  32. Your block is great. I love the little house as the center.

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  33. Please sign me up! I'd love to get a little package of those wonderful fabrics in the mail. Also loved your block. I like applique too!! Jan Blevins

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  34. Thanks so much for the story of Audra's Iris Garden. The fabrics are beautiful!

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  35. My mother had lovely purple iris too. I tried to grow them, they didn't. I guess I don't have the gardening touch. Love your blocks.

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  36. What a great givaway. I love reading you blog. thanks lisaursino@msn.com

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  37. Love the little houses, thanks for the giveaway ~

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  38. the secret to life is doing what you know how to do! excellent everything. thank you!

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  39. You are one incredibly creative gal!

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  40. I'm loving all of the blocks so far.

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  41. Love the story of your Grandmothers iris'. My Grandma passed away in October and while I was in Ohio helping my mother pack up everything we cut some sprigs of her honeysuckles that were growing on her arbor. They are doing good and I hope I can pass some onto my daughter when she's grown up. Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrs(dot)hbraun(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. Very charming block. Thanks for the giveaway chance

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  43. My grandmother, then my father also had iris. Now my daughter and I both have them in our gardens, as well as many of our friends.

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  44. What a beautiful fabric line and I love the story behind it.....and who doesn't like those mini charms. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  45. I love the little appliqued house. Thanks so much!

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  46. I think we might all benefit by following your husband's advice, which to me is basically "Do what you know and love". Your fabrics are lovely, thanks for the chance to win!

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  47. I have the same problem sometimes and even with Acrobat. And I went to computer school for a year. Go figure.

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  48. Love the houses - so sweet (see, didn't say cute!) I've love a chance to win the fabric! Good luck in your snow event!

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  49. Thanks for your block, I figured the math out;-) I love yout little house, too, perhaps it'll work tomorrow.
    hildy(at)ebertzeder(dot)de

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  50. Absolutely adorable:-) And glad I'm not the only one w/ tech issues!!

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  51. Am enjoying the blog hop, great blocks, would love to add this fabric to my stash. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  52. Absolutely love that little house in the center!

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  53. I love your block and your house in the center...leave it to you! Hope I win the fabrics...would love them in my collection:) Have a great day!

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  54. I love your little house!! I'm going to email you now!
    Thanks!

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  55. How sweet! And thoughtful of you to put together the book with signatures! I am loving this QAL!

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  56. Your block is beautiful! I hope that you figure a way to get the download link onto your blog page. My mom is the applique queen and I am a piecer. Thanks for the chance to win some beautiful fabrics.

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  57. I love your block! It's sooo cute!!! Hope I win!

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  58. Love the house and the block.

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  59. That lovely spring fabric would surely brighten up this snowy day! Thanks

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  60. Thank you for the chance to win some fabric :) I was unable to download your pattern. Did anyone else have the same problem?

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  61. I love your block. It's my favorite so far because I love the little house in the center. I have to say it--it's so cute! I also love the idea for the coasters. Made smaller it could also be a Christmas ornament. Thanks in advance for the pattern!

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  62. Love the little coasters with your house applique. Thanks for the giveaway and enjoying the blog hop.

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  63. HI! LOOKS LIKE A PRETTY NEW FABRIC LINE!
    LOVE YOUR BLOCK TOO!
    THANKS FOR A SWEET GIVEAWAY!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  64. I love your block. I was given a mini charm of your new line - the fabrics are lovely! thanks for the chance to win more!

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  65. Thank you for offering a giveaway!

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  66. Absolutely love your site. I love applique although I am just learning.
    Beautiful work.
    Please recheck your post as I did not see a download link for your block :>)

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  67. Luv, Luv, Luv this new line...I am also in the blizzard and luv, luv, luv, it as well. Here in Kansas we definitely need the moisture! jmh

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  68. I love the little house applique!

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  69. Enjoy the snowstorm! It's missing us and we're jealous! Love the fabric.

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  70. Love this sweet block!! Thank you...and thanks for the chance to win this wonderful give away!
    Paulette

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  71. We are at about 9" and counting! Great day to be home. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  72. I adore the block and the miniature house is priceless. Thanks for the chance at a wonderful giveaway!

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  73. Great block! I really like this block because of the applique. Thank you!

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  74. I love your fabric and I love purple irises! When I was young we had purple irises growing on the side of our house. They smelled so good--like grape popsicles! Thanks for the giveaway and the memory.

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  75. Thanks so much for the giveaway opportunity Jan. I love your minature house applique! They are more than "cute." The compostition and color make then artful!

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  76. Love the miniature house in the middle of your block. And I especially like the fact that everyone in the family has a little piece of your grandparents. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  77. Keep safe and warm! Thank you for the nice quilt block.

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  78. The house in the center of your block is super cute. Looks a lil nerve racking! Adorable Pattern though, thank you for sharing

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  79. Your irises are just glorious. What a lovely way to preserve your memories. Kind regards from Africa, Penny.

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  80. I also prefer appliqué over piecing. One reason I love your designs so much

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  81. The miniature house in the middle of the block just makes this so perfect and cute. What a great idea for the friendship quiltalong. Your grandmother would be so proud of you. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway. The book alone is really quite priceless. Thank you for being so good to your followers. Just stay safe and warm.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  82. I've been sewing for a short period of time, applique is even newer to me but I have totally fallen in love with it! I did my first "real" project for a Christmas gift. I love hand sewing, it is the most relaxing thing to do and so portable too (comes in handy with little ones and waiting to pick kids up from school, etc.). I am so inspired by your work!

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  83. I have really gotten into applique this past christmas season and I love it. Audra's Iris Garden is so beautiful, I too love iris's and have so many differnt one. I would love to have the pdf of the the middle square can you please send to me at cthomas5895@gmail.com. Thank you so much. Stay safe

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  84. Love the appliqued house. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  85. OK. More prayers for little Hunny... stay safe and warm though the storm... I hope your power stays on. Please include me for a chance to win some of Audra's Iris Garden or anything else you want to throw my way! I love all your designs and fabrics... fun and pretty stuff! Looking forward to signing on to the BOM too...

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  86. I love the tiny appliqued houses. They're lovely.
    Thank you for a great giveaway.
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Teresa

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  87. I love the sweet story about your Grandmother and her irises. Thanks for the pretty block pattern and the chance to win!

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  88. Beautiful little houses! I'm lucky to have some of my husband's great-aunt's irises. Thank you for this giveaway.

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  89. your work is so beautiful! thanks for the giveaway

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  90. I am new to piecing and not sure if it is my thing yet either! Thank you for sharing your talents and the chance to win.
    satterfieldfamily@sbcglobal.net

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  91. A HUGE thank you to you and all the designers for an amazing blog hop for Moda's Friendship Quilt Along! I'm really enjoying all the blocks and fabulous blogs!

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  92. How clever to put that into the clause to come back for bulbs and memeories to have a lifetime, they looked beutiful, someone with a brown thumb. Have many of your books/patterns keep up the great work. Thanks for the chance to win

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  93. I love your house, I'm a big fan of appliqué because as I tell everyone who will listen ....straight lines and I do not get along. Good luck with the storm.

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  94. What a sweet newsie blog entry. I think it was thoughtful of you made the effort to get the signatures. I am not sure I would have had done that myself. I hope I am lucky.

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  95. I have been a fan of yours from years ago, I fell away from quilting, and now am back! Glad to see you are still around!!!!

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  96. I have to say that irises are my favorite flower. They smell so wonderful...makes me wish for spring. Thanks for the chance to enter.

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  97. Your new fabric line is very appealing and your block is just lovable, the piecing and applique are perfect together. Good luck in the storm! Please post how you fared when it's over.

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  98. I love your house block and would love the pdf pattern for it if possible! Thanks for the chance to win too!

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  99. Lovely block! Thanks for the chance on your giveaway!

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  100. Great block.....will add it to my collection.

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  101. A Great Block.How nice for everyone to have a piece of their past with the Iris for their gardens.Thanks.

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  102. How about the word sweet? Your little houses are so sweet! I sure would love to win that bundle. Thank you.

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  103. I'm so glad to know that I am not the only one who places into contract my 'rights' to obtain family flowers! :) Love your irises and the story! I've told my family that I can't move again...there are too many flowers to dig up!!! :)

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  104. I love Audra's Iris- but then again I'm a purple gal and iris' are a favorite.

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  105. Oh, Jan... don't let piecing a block cause you stress and upset. I love your appliqué and I must say, I have always admired appliqué quilts but haven't been brave enough to try it! I have four blocks to put into My Quilt, that one and only I will ever make for myself, but so far I can only ever bring myself to just look at them. I would love to make this block, complete with your little house. May I have the PDF please?

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  106. I love your irises, here in the NW they are up about 3".

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  107. I really like Audra's Iris Garden quilt that you made. What wonderful memories.

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  108. I'm in Manhattan, snowed in, but have power. Love your block and stay warm.

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  109. Your fabric is lovely! How about "charming" instead of "cute"?

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  110. I love your background story of your grandmother and her iris garden. How smart of your mother to have put the irises in the house contract and what a wonderful thing to do for your children. I knew I liked the fabric, but now it means so much more to me.

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  111. I love the purple in the new line. I have been collecting your books, patterns and fabric since the mid 1990's. I have a swatch book of all the fabric you and Linda have designed! Thank you for your work.

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  112. Love hearing the stories and memories behind the different projects that people make - I just shared a hooked rug on my blog today that ties right in with this......

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  113. I love the added applique touch! Great block.

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  114. Very pretty fabrics. Wonderful story to go with your block today. I sent you a email to request the block. Your blog is new to me but I will be back now that I have found you. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  115. I adore iris. I have quite a few varieties, some are from my mom, my aunt and a few from a great aunt. I even have one that shares the same name as my grandfather.

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  116. I LOVE your block! Please do send me the pdf. Thanks, too, for the opportunity to win ... I'd love to win either!

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  117. Lovely block. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  118. I saw you on a You tube video and LOVED your designs. This Moda Blog Hop is just perfect and I LOVE your block. Thank you so much for the generous giveaway. Fingers crossed. BTW - you sure have a fun, casual teaching personality - just love it.

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  119. I love these fabrics and your house block is adorable. Love your coasters, too. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  120. You were so smart to take some of your mother's iris - wish I would have done that. Love your ew block of the month.

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  121. Your little block is darling! Thnk you for a lovely giveaway!

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  122. Thank you for the chance at this wonderful giveaway!

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  123. This is a lovely block :-). And I would be very lucky to win some of the fabric :-). Annette from Munich / Germany.

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  124. First day of non-shoveling here in awhile :). Hang on it will be gardening season soon...I hope!

    Sweet block and giveaway. Thank You.

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  125. Thanks for the giveaway and love your patterns, they are all so wonderfully unique and homey.

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  126. I love your blog and newsy letters. I look forward to receiving them in my inbox. We quilters sure are an innovative lot aren't we? Sure hope your snow has stopped. It is still falling here, softly, slowly, and piling up.

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  127. The iris is my mom's favorite flower too... after she passed on I had to get some bulbs from her garden for mine. Although they can take over my small garden patch, I came up with a perfect solution and share them with friends (who knew my mom too!!) Thanks for sharing in the blog hop - I love your block!!

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  128. Your little houses are so cute!

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  129. I love the coasters. When I quilt, I make the items to be used, so practical is the way that I go also. I do like the story of your growing up, I too like iris and have some in my yard. I brought them with me when I moved. I am glad that you can pass them on to all the members of your family it is a great tradition.

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  130. Love the Friendship block with a little house in the middle... so adorable (hey... I didn't use the word 'cute')!~ I love my iris and tulips... and springtime! Thanks for helping with the winter blahs. As far as old, I love my collection of tea cups from my grandmother and great-grandmother... it reminds me of my time with her in Pass Christian, MS. Memories!

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  131. No snow here! But we remember when we lived in Northern Indiana and had to shovel out for years.

    Your houses are 'cute', thanks for sharing.


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  132. These are all so wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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  133. Cute block! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  134. If I had a green thumb, I would have iris flowers, azeleas, honeysuckles, and lilacs. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

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    1. I think this is such pretty fabric. I love iris. I would love to win either give away.

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  135. Love your little center house block. We're waiting for the snow... it's heading our way.

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  136. Love your little house coasters! Thanks for the chance to win some great fabric!

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  137. nebraska will be shoveling as well. this is a fun hop.

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  138. Love that house block! Too cute!

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  139. My grandmnother, too, had iris all over the farm while I was growing up. Every time I seen one, I think of her. Thanks for sharing!

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  140. Wonderful little house block and look forward to your applique coasters. Thanks for the opportunity. Judy c in NC

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  141. Great block - stay warm and keep the shovel or snow blower ready. We have rain, thunder and lightening. And the Iris' just about grow wild here. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  142. Your Audra's Iris Garden quilt is beautiful. With the snow we're getting today, your lovely iris pictures are a needed reminder that spring will come eventually.

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  143. Thanks for constantly feeding my addiction. Love your stuff!

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  144. Love anything 'houses' - just charmers. I hope spring gets here SOON as I miss all my flowers.

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  145. I love your block and especially the little house. Would so appreciate the pattern for it. Do stay safe and warm. We had snow this morning, but it is clearing and that is so nice. Thanks for the giveaway! Nola

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  146. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has had trouble with the Adobe link thing lately. I love your block and am collecting all the friendship blocks in hopes of making a sampler.

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  147. What a lovely story about the iris - and thank you for the chance to win.

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  148. So cute! I really like the way your block turned out and would love to have the PDF of the cute little appliqued house if you get a minute. Thanks for the chance to win some fun stuff.

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  149. Love love love the tiny house in the center of your awesome block!

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  150. It's snowing in Iowa. Love those snow days for sewing. We won't shovel out till tomorrow!! Today I'm having fun with the Moda Blog Hop. "Cute" (heheh) house.

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  151. Beautiful fabrics - I love irises!

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  152. I love the block - so many uses!!!

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  153. Great story and love the look of the block made with the Audra line of fabrics. Thank you
    Hope you weather the storm safely and just keep thinking "Spring" will soon be here.

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  154. Jan, I love your story and the little house in the center of the block. With the worry for Hunny and the pending storm, I'm impressed that you are also juggling the blog hop projects! Lovely fabric give away! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  155. We have had our share of snowstorms, freezing rain and cold, cold temperatures this year too! Looking forward to seeing my iris' in just about 4 months (sigh!). So to have a chance to win a little taste of what is to come is just wonderful - thank you!

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  156. I'm just starting to get into reproduction fabrics and 'folksy' style quilting. Your site will be one I will return to again and again for inspiration! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

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  157. love your BOM quilt. this is fun.

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  159. That is so nice that you have flowers from your family! I wish I had some from my grandmother. Thanks for the chance to win. I am rather fond of irises. My daughter is named Iris!

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  160. Wow, what an awesome and generous giveaway! And you are very right, that house block is so very CUTE! Thanks for the chance :)

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  161. This is a lovely block and I'd love to have the pdf for it. Your applique skills are amazing.

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  162. I love the house in the center of the block , it looks really great .Thanks for the chance to win.

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  163. Yes, that block is super, but the fabric is absolutely beautiful!! I love irises and the name and glad to know the story behind naming it. Thank you so much for the block and the chance to win.

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  164. Love your quilts! Can't find the pdf tho', must be my lack of computer senses :)
    Ellen

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  165. First of all, how is Hunny doing? I hope she is doing better. I have been praying for her recovery. I loved watching all 4 of your applique videos with Jenny Doan. I bought the Cedar Creek pattern kit and followed along. I learned so much. The Audra BOM is awesome. What a beautiful rememberance of your grandmother. Love the friendship block and coasters too. Wouldn't be a Jan Patek original without applique! ;)

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  166. Your block is so cute and your fabric beautiful, thanks so much!

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  167. Love your Friendship block. Would love to win your giveaway. Thanks for the chance.

    Janet

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  168. I love houses in quilts and they are so.....uh, cute... in coasters!! My Mom loved Iris. Wish I would have thought to take some bulbs when we sold their house. Thanks for the chance to sew with your yummy fabrics!

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  169. You do wonderful work and will watch for your link to get the little house pattern. I was touched by Audra's quilt and feel it must come and live at my house. And I have iris bulbs that have been moved through 7 states.

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  170. beautiful block please email me the extra pattern at
    nannyjsewsweet@gmail.com

    thank you
    Janita

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  171. Love any block, pieced or appliqued, with a house!!!

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  172. I like applique better than piecing too. I think your little houses are adorable!

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  173. I love it all! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  174. I just love the story of your grandmother's Iris', so meaningful. Thankyou.

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  175. wat een geweldige give-away!!!
    :o)

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  176. The blog hop is so much fun! Love your block!

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  177. Love the little house in the middle of your block, makes me think of going to a friends house for coffee :) Loved going down memory lane with you, I have wonderful memories of my grandmother also.
    How is Hunny doing, continued prayers and love being sent your way.

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  178. I love your block with the little house in the middle and look forward to tomorrow's post to see what else you come up with. It's a charming little house, as well as cute.

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  179. I love this quilt along! I am a piecer but am branching into applique. Your block is adorable, who doesn't love little houses? Thank you for the chance to win!

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  180. Oh what a wonderful quilt along. Thanks for the chance to win your fat quarter. Love it...

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  181. There is an old pink climbing rose that grows at home in Arkansas and I transplanted pieces of that thing all over the Southeast till we'd moved so many times I finally gave up. It was pretty thorny any way. The piecing of that block looks like it'll be pretty thorny for one with my lack of skills. Thanks for sharing!

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  182. Applique is my thing too, Jan...especially with wool-on-cotton.

    Thanks for your and Moda's generosity. I'd love to be one of your winners.

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  183. Your Friendship block is so cute with the house!
    Always like your fabric choices.
    Would love to win it would make my day!

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  184. Take care and weather the storm. Fortunately, applique and no power go together so well.

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  185. ooohhh. so glad you ran around mad to get all of the signatures, I would love to be the owner of such a personal gift as the Moda book, lovin the little house coasters.

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  186. I love mini charms. Cute little squares. Dream of all the sweetness.

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  187. My favorite iris is called Amigo Guitar with medium purple upper petals and soft buff colored lower petals. It would certainly go with your quilt. Alas, the iris' are still at our first house. I should have dug some up before we left.

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  188. Great idea getting the book signed. How fun to meet so many creative folks. thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  189. I love your iris quilt and the story behind it.

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  190. Your Iris family history is a wonderful story. Iris flowers have always reminded me of my mother who grew them in many colors. If only a family member had saved the bulbs as you did. So the next best thing of course would be to win your beautiful new fabric. Thanks for the chance!

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